About Merlin

We've been building industry-leading search, review and discovery software since the 1990s.

A Passion for Search

Merlin Search Technologies is a cloud technology company, developing AI-powered search software for investigations and discovery and compliance. Our company is new, but the team is not. We’ve been at it for more than two decades, building and hosting investigation, compliance and discovery software for many of the largest organizations in the world. 

Merlin began as part of a national law firm in the mid-1990s. It was there that founder, John Tredennick, famously built litigation and compliance systems for the firm and its clients. Over the years, his law firm was featured in Adobe and Microsoft videos, legal magazines, and won numerous innovation awards. In 1999, Tredennick and the firm were inducted into the Smithsonian Institute for groundbreaking work using the PDF format for litigation workflow.

In 2000, the Tredennick team spun off from the law firm, forming Catalyst Repository Systems, a pioneering e-discovery search technology company. Over the next two decades, Catalyst grew to more than 160 people and five data centers around the world, hosting software for many of the largest companies and law firms across the globe.

In early 2019, Catalyst was sold to a large public technology company. Not yet ready to retire, Tredennick founded Merlin with the goal of building the next generation of search, Search 2.0, and delivering it in a next-generation, cloud-native environment. In the years that followed, he has been fortunate to be joined by many of his team members (primarily experienced senior developers) to build out this vision.. He also added a senior AI scientist  to help design and build Sherlock, a powerful machine learning algorithm that provides the algorithmic search capabilities that make Merlin IS unique. 

From our Founder

Merlin is the  third act of my professional life. I spent the first 20 years as a trial lawyer and partner in a national law firm. I then founded and spent another 20 years running Catalyst Repository Systems. During that time, we built the best and most powerful ediscovery search platform on the market, along with custom search and review workflow systems for some of the largest companies and law firms in the world. 

Merlin presented a chance to take search and review to the next level, not only for ediscovery but for others needing to find information in large document populations. Search 2.0 involves the integration of keyword and algorithmic search. It enables users to find what they need—quickly and easily—without having to master complex search syntax. It will revolutionize document search just as Pandora Internet Radio revolutionized the search for new music.

We are passionate about building the next generation of search. 

Why Merlin?

There are a lot of reasons our clients choose Merlin.  Here are the top five: 

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